Tom Schabarum’s first novel, THE PALISADES, was a 2011 Lambda Literary Award Finalist. His collection, THE NARROWS, MILES DEEP, was a 2011 Best Book selected by Felice Picano at Lambda Literary Foundation. His poetry was recipient of the 2010 Creekwalker Poetry Prize, and has been published in Poet Lore, Flights, pifmagazine, and other literary journals. He holds an MFA in creative writing and literature from Bennington College, VT. His third novel, AIRSTREAMING, inspired by vintage Airstream trailers of the seventies, has at its center a 1970 Overlander. Taking nearly 12 years to complete, AIRSTREAMING was published in 2012 and is receiving excellent word of mouth support and is featured on Airstream.com and other enthusiast blogs. He works as a Creative Director for corporations and agencies in video, multi-media and live events. He has lived in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Salt Lake City and now Seattle for the past 10 years. He loves hiking, photography and music. For more information, please visit: http://www.tomschabarum.com


John Shafchuk hails from New Port Richey, Florida where he was a Music Teacher, Assistant Principal and Principal in the Pasco County School District for 34 years. He was married to a fellow teacher and he and Patsy have two grown children, John Paul and Ryan, who both live in Florida. John Paul works as a Site Optimization Analyst and Ryan, who works as a Construction Manager, is married to Tori Hofstra, a teacher at Deer Park Elementary. John holds a Master’s in Educational Leadership and currently substitute teaches in the Bellevue and Seattle school districts while semi-retired. He moved to Seattle in the summer of 2011 and shortly thereafter he and Tom met. John is an avid mountain biker and pianist and enjoys going to the opera and symphonies.

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Buster grew up in Shoreline, Washington and was adopted at 2 and a half years old and now lives with Tom and John in Seattle. He enjoys bounding through the forest, hiking, chasing squirrels and swimming in Lake Washington. He holds a BA in counter-surfing and toy-chewing and is working on his MFA in paw-print art using mud as his medium and floors as his canvas. Look for his thesis, “The life expectancy of clean wood floors under the paws of a Labrador/Golden Retriever mix,” soon. Buster also has his own song called, “Buster Brown, the Best Dog in Town,” which is sung to him daily.


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